Big hearts abound for little one’s benefit

One good deed, it seems deserves six or seven more

Pictured in the expanded passageway between living room and kitchen are

Too often there seems to be no suitable agency a person, family or group can turn to in a pinch. There may be proper channels they can be steered toward, but that usually leads to a process requiring months or years in the quest for results which may not ever arrive.

When straightforward help is needed there’s nothing like a local service club well-versed in getting things done.

The Castlegar Selkirk Lions are among the people who can be counted upon for relatively immediate help.

Case in point: the family of a physically challenged six year-old girl, whose small home did not allow for the girl and her specialized walker to navigate through the narrow doorways.

Lions Club secretary Joanne Baker was told of the predicament and quickly set about doing something. For starters, she contacted Susan Olheiser of the Carpenters Union Local 2300. Outgoing and organized, the pair enlisted support from around the community and today some extensive renovations to a Castlegar home are all but complete.

A large part of the procedure involved the removal of a chimney which led the way to a wall removal. The difference is dramatic and what it means in terms of the little girl’s mobility is all the more dramatic.

“She couldn’t get from the kitchen to the living room,” described Baker of the pre-reno plight for the small resident. “So there was a domino effect. You don’t just take down a wall because there was a chimney there. In the chimney were the vents for the furnace (50-years old) and the hot water tank.” Both of those sizable appliances, by the way, have been replaced with new units.

“Everything we have done in here has been through donations from the community,” Baker continued, focusing attention on her energetic collaborator, Ohlheiser, who was instrumental in lining up fully qualified and accredited help from a variety of generous tradespeople.

“According to our budget we should have approximately $1,000 remaining after the final invoices come in,” stated Olheiser. “The Castlegar Lions’ plan is to take these funds as seed money to give this little girl a wheelchair ramp which would allow her to get her walker in and out of the house on her own.”

Wrapping up a September 15 visit to the the home, on what appeared to be the final day of work, Joanne Baker said, “We are not releasing the family name at this time. This is a major project and many have been involved in making it happen.”

Just Posted

Choir leader’s selfless work wins her Castlegar Citizen of the Year

Christina Nolan has grown the community choir into a strong and vibrant asset for the city

Water main maintenance ongoing in South Castlegar and Blueberry

Project will take two weeks — city says there should not be any service disruptions

Downtown businesses want you to love them this weekend

Third annual event encourages people to shop in their own community.

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Grand Forks woman assaulted in home invasion

The incident took place Wednesday morning

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Kootenay man arrested and charged in 2015 murder

Nathaniel Jessup 32 of Creston has been charged with the second-degree murder of Katherine McAdam and offering an indignity to a body.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Most Read